Parents' Guide to

Models NYC

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Docu offers insider's view on modeling industry.

TV MSNBC Reality TV 2007
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Unlike many reality shows, the subjects of Models NYC don't pretend that the camera doesn't exist; instead, they interact with it, sometimes answering questions posed off screen and occasionally hamming it up. Consequently, the staged feeling that accompanies many reality shows is thankfully absent. And though the view from within the industry is understandably pro-modeling, the series also addresses the harsher realities of modeling life, from the businesses' age and body-type limitations to the lure of the nightlife and unhealthy behavior. While they're not the show's main focus, topics like eating disorders are addressed explicitly. Models speak frankly about their weight and have generally positive things to say about their bodies; one even admits that her body is just a lucky draw from the DNA bank and has nothing to do with hard work.

Parents who let their teens watch Models NYC might want to point out that the opinions offered about body type, attractiveness, eating disorders, etc., come from people whose income depends on the modeling industry. While viewers have no reason to suspect them of lying or being deceitful in any way, their viewpoints don't necessarily include other research or opinions on how the modeling industry affects women at large. Some objective statistics are offered via text at the bottom of the screen -- such as the difference between the average model's weight (110) and that of the average American woman (164) -- which may help trigger discussion.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: April 15, 2007
  • Network: MSNBC
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: NR
  • Last updated: February 28, 2022

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